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Friday
Jan242014

Third sector awards recognise value of volunteering

Attended the WCVA annual awards dinner last night in Cardiff which was genuinely refreshing experience.

These types of events are often heavy on glitz and hype and self congratulation, but low on genuine worth, more of a marketing exercise than recognition of truly valuable work. This one however really hit the mark. I learnt that there are 32,000 not for profit organisations in Wales with over one million volunteers giving up their time to help others in their community. So nominees for the awards last night were the pinnacle of a very large sector and hence can be justifiably proud of their achievements. These are salt of the earth organisations and what came through during the evening was the genuine enthusiasm of everyone for the work that they do. This was reflected in the organisation of the evening which was professional but relaxed, helped in no small measure by the very capable Jason Mohammad who hosted, announced and entertained throughout.     

So well done the WCVA for laying on a great event. I hope that you and the nominees and winners get the publicity from it that you deserve.

Thursday
Dec192013

Housing professionals think Welsh homelessness will rise

An independent survey, commissioned by CIH Cymru, has revealed that almost all respondents expect to see family homelessness in Wales increase in the next 12 months, with only 3% of the housing professionals surveyed expecting to see homelessness decrease. This is despite recent falls in homelessness levels in Wales.

Welsh Government published statistics this week (http://wales.gov.uk/statistics-and-research/homelessness/?lang=en) showing that a decreasing number of households are being accepted by local authorities as homeless and that the number of households placed in temporary accommodation and in bed and breakfast accommodation has also fallen. However whilst the number of homeless acceptances have decreased during 2012-13, the number of applications has risen compared with the previous year.

CIH Cymru believes that the RMG:Clarity survey results demonstrate that housing professionals are very concerned that a combination of austerity measures, reforms to the benefits system and rising living costs are putting more and more families at risk of losing their homes; even in the context of Welsh Government’s commitment to focus services on homelessness prevention, and the pledge to raise standards and strengthen consumer rights in the private rented sector.

The survey results underline the issues raised in this year’s Welsh Housing Review, CIH Cymru’s flagship publication, which concluded that the decade long trend in declining levels of homelessness could be reversed once Westminster economic policies begin to bite.

Julie Nicholas, CIH Cymru Policy & Public Affairs Manager said:

“CIH Cymru is pleased that homelessness levels in Wales are falling, and we fully support the proposals to take a preventative approach to homelessness in the new Housing (Wales) Bill,

as well as the cross-party commitment to the Supporting People programme in Wales. However, we are concerned that the impact of UK policies on welfare reform and cuts to public sector services, could begin to outpace these Welsh initiatives and we will begin to see more families at risk of homelessness”.

Keith Edwards, CIH Cymru Director said:

“UK policies like the bedroom tax, the benefit cap and rental payments going direct to tenants rather than landlords, will put increasing strain on those struggling to manage their finances and pay their rents. CIH Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to maintain its focus on preventing homelessness, and asks the UK government to urgently review the impact of bedroom tax and other welfare reforms on levels of homelessness”.

1.    The Chartered Institute of Housing is the only professional organisation representing all those working in housing with over 22,000 members. Our purpose is to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the well-being of communities. In Wales, we aim to provide a professional and impartial voice for housing across all sectors to emphasise the particular context of housing in Wales and to work with organisations to identify housing solutions.

2.  The research was commissioned by CIH Cymru in 2013 and was undertaken by RMG: Clarity who reported the results in November 2013. Over 130 housing professionals took part in the survey.

3.   CIH Cymru has a range of experts available for interview and comment. Please contact:      

Keith Edwards, CIH Cymru Director, Tel: 07990 887895 keith.edwards@cih.org

Julie Nicholas, Policy & Public Affairs Manager: 07748 657985 julie.nicholas@cih.org

Lyndsey Halliday, Communications assistant: 02920 765760 lyndsey.halliday@cih.org

Thursday
Nov212013

RMG POLL UNDERTAKEN ON BEHALF OF THE INSTITUTE OF WELSH AFFAIRS, NOVEMBER 2013

Between the 7th and the 20th November 2013, The RMG Poll undertaken on behalf of the Institute of Welsh Affairs sought to gather opinion about recent announcements in connection with extended powers being given to the National Assembly for Wales. The results of the poll are based on a sample of 500 telephone interviews that were conducted in RMG: Clarity’s computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) unit with a random sample of 10,000 adults aged 18+ throughout Wales across the 22 local authorities. Respondents were contacted during the day, in the evening and at the weekend.

The sample used for making telephone calls was obtained from an approved external data supplier, who supplied the telephone numbers by postcode from their database. The telephone numbers were then sorted into the relevant local authorities in Wales.

The percentages in this report have been rounded to whole numbers or to one decimal place. The data in this report is therefore subject to rounding errors.

Full unweighted tabulations are included in this report.
The following analysis of response uses the unweighted results.

Q1. Some people have told us that they did not know about the announcements made recently about the extended powers being given to the Welsh Assembly. Could I ask you whether you are aware of these announcements?

  • In terms of people`s awareness of the recent announcements, 74% of respondents said that they were aware of the announcements of extended powers, while 26% were not aware of the announcements.

Q2. It has been proposed that the Welsh Government will be able to borrow money to pay for major projects such as upgrading the M4 motorway and similar types of projects that could help the economy of Wales. Do you think this will benefit the Welsh Economy?

  • In response to this question, 59% of respondents believed these proposed powers would benefit the Welsh Economy, 25% of respondents felt these proposals would not and 17% of respondents felt that these proposals would not make much difference.

Q3. Would you be in favour or against the Welsh Government having the power to raise or lower income tax rates in Wales?

  • When asked whether they would be in favour of the Welsh Government having the power to raise or lower income tax rates in Wales, 40% of respondents replied that they would be in favour, 43% replied that they would be against this measure and 18% replied that they did not know.

Q4. Which of these statements is closest to your view?


There should be no devolved government in Wales

The National Assembly for Wales should have fewer powers

We should leave things as they are now

The National Assembly for Wales should have more powers

Wales should become independent, separate from the UK

Total

Respondents were asked a final question with regard to the National Assembly for Wales in the context of a range of statements which was closest to their view. Responses to this question were as follows:

  • 12% of respondents were of the view that there should be no devolved Government in Wales
  • 5% of respondents were of the view that the National Assembly for Wales should have fewer powers
  • 37% of respondents were of the view that the Assembly’s powers should be left as they are
  • 40% of respondents were of the view that the National Assembly for Wales should have more powers
  • 7% of respondents were of the view that the National Assembly for Wales should have fewer powers

About RMG
Cardiff based RMG: Clarity has been providing an extensive range of market research solutions for over 40 years. To maintain the highest standards we are Market Research Society Company Partners and members of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Emphasising our commitment to quality, all our market research projects are delivered to the ISO20252 and Interviewer Quality Control Scheme (IQCS) standards. For further information, please contact research@rmg-uk.co.uk.

Results Tabulations


Q1. Some people have told us that they did not know about the announcements made recently about the extended powers being given to the Welsh Assembly. Could I ask you whether you are aware of these announcements?
 

Frequency

Percent

Yes

369

73.8

No

131

26.2

Total

500

100.0

Q2. It has been proposed that the Welsh Government will be able to borrow money to pay for major projects such as upgrading the M4 motorway and similar types of projects that could help the economy of Wales .

Do you think this will benefit the Welsh Economy?

 

Frequency

Percent

Yes

294

58.8

Not make much difference

83

16.6

No

123

24.6

Total

500

100.0

Q3. Would you be in favour or against the Welsh Government having the power to raise or lower income tax rates in Wales?

 

Frequency

Percent

In favour

199

39.8

Against

213

42.6

Don’t know

88

17.6

Total

500

100.0

Q4. Which of these statements is closest to your view?

 

Frequency

Percent

There should be no devolved government in Wales

58

11.6

The National Assembly for Wales should have fewer powers

23

4.6

We should leave things as they are now

183

36.6

The National Assembly for Wales should have more powers

201

40.2

Wales should become independent, separate from the UK

35

7.0

Total

500

100.0

Thursday
Nov142013

Why Investors in People remains relevant 

We have just been successful in retaining our IIP accreditation, which is very pleasing for us as a business, but how do we value the benefit that we get back from the time and expense that goes into obtaining it?

Like all recognised quality marks it’s great to be able to put the IIP stamp on your website and stationery, but the real power of this quality standard is its flexibility as a management tool and that’s where the real benefit lies as well.

What I like about IIP is its common sense approach to quality management. It not only recognises that every business is different, but also that any one business will face different challenges over time. The aspects which we focussed on for this assessment were different to those which were evaluated at the previous assessment three years ago. That’s because circumstances are different and we wanted to use the tool in a different way. There’s no problem with doing this and in fact the assessor positively encourages it. The trick here is to see the assessment not as some sort of test, but as an opportunity to get some real objective feedback both from your staff  and  from the assessor themselves  who will see dozens of businesses just like yours in the course of a year and is able to provide feedback in terms of how you measure up.

To maximise the value of the exercise its necessary to plan ahead.  Discuss with your assessor beforehand so that the assessment itself is focussed on those areas which you most want to evaluate. Having set your criteria you still have to demonstrate that you are meeting the standard of course, but the value of the feedback you get will be that much greater. 

Friday
Sep062013

RMG:Clarity Drugs in the Workplace Survey

A survey of 200 businesses in Wales conducted by RMG:Clarity and commissioned by Synergy Health on attitudes to drugs in the workplace has been in the news.  From the BBC News website:

One in three employers in Wales would not know how to tell if a worker was under the influence of recreational drugs, a survey has found.

The findings come amid growing concern about the level of new-style drugs such as mephedrone in Welsh communities.

Former senior serious crimes officer Martin Tavener said: “This drug is so prevalent and so easy to get hold of.”

A conference on Thursday is to offer employers solutions to substance misuse by workers.

Home Office figures show that about one in three 16 to 24-year-olds use drugs.

The survey by the Cardiff-based marketing and research group RMG found that of the 200 businesses questioned, around 80% had a zero tolerance policy of workers being under the influence of recreational drugs when at work.

But in practice a third said they did not know how to tell when a worker was under the influence.

Commissioned by Synergy Health, which has laboratories in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, the survey found that a similar proportion of firms said they were worried that drug taking outside work could affect safety and performance at work.

Very few however supported drug testing at work.

Dr Philip Kindred, from Synergy Health, said such testing would expect to find up to 10% of a workforce had taken drugs ranging from cannabis to cocaine and the abuse of prescription drugs.

He said: “There are quite a lot of companies where we have done tests and they’ve been shocked to find out how much of a problem it is.

“We have been to some companies and we’ve started doing testing and we’ve been told to stop doing it halfway through the day because they’ve come up with so many positives.

“It’s only when they do the testing that they find out they have a problem.”

A report earlier this year from the police regional intelligence unit for the Gwent, South Wales and Dyfed-Powys police areas highlighted the increase in the use of mephedrone in Wales.

It reported that the number of offences involving the drug in Wales had nearly doubled between April and December 2011 and the same period last year.

Mr Tavener, a former head of the regional intelligence unit, said: “It’s very difficult for employers to know what [staff] do or control what they do.

“Drug treatment agencies will tell you that new psychoactive substances combined with alcohol are a very dangerous cocktail providing a lot of problems for them.

“Undoubtedly people are turning up in the workplace and performing poorly and they could be jeopardising their colleagues’ safety, especially in safety-critical industries.

“My real concern is the fact that [these drugs] are so easily available now.

“We’re seeing [people in] all sorts of occupations - manual workers right through to people who work in offices - coming before the police and seeking help from drug treatment agencies.”

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